29 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 Somewhere My Love  – Ray Conniff Singers
2 1 7 Monday Monday  – Mamas and The Papas
3 3 6 Paint it, Black  – Rolling Stones
4 2 8 Sloop John B  – Beach Boys
5 6 6 Lara’s Theme  – MGM Singing Strings
6 5 7 Wild Thing  – Troggs
7 13 2 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
8 12 4 Tchaikovsky One  – Second City Sound
9 7 11 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
10 9 5 Paperback Writer  – Beatles
11 14 3 Sixteen Candles  – Jody Wayne
12 8 6 Endless Sleep  – Group 66
13 10 10 Strangers in the Night  – Frank Sinatra
14 11 11 Pied Piper  – Crispian St Peters
15 15 8 Where Did We Go Wrong  – Petula Clark
16 New 1 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water  – Johnny Rivers
17 16 6 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader
18 17 9 Hold Tight  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
19 New 1 Opus 17  – Four Seasons
20 19 5 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  – Pamela Dean

No one really likes Mondays (particularly the Boomtown Rats) so it was surprising that The Mamas And The Papas song with that dreaded day in the title (not once, but twice!!) did so well. However, this week we renewed our dislike for the first day of the working week and knocked it from the top of our charts in favour of The Ray Conniff Singers’ Somewhere My Love’. ‘Monday Monday’ only managed 1 week at the top and it dropped into second place.

The last 2 weeks had seen our new number 1 song take the biggest climber award but this week it was another version of the song, Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ that took those honours as it climbed 6 places from 13 to 7. Second City Sound’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ managed a star rater climb for the second week as it moved up 4 places to 8.

Group 66 experienced their first ever biggest drop as their hit ‘Endless Sleep’ fell 4 places to 12. This was the 16th time a local song had been a biggest faller.

We lost both the Paul Simon compositions from the chart this week as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ packed its bags and left the top 20. It had managed to get to number 6 during its 9 week run. It had not performed quite as well as their previous and only other hit to date, ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ which had topped the charts.

The other Paul Simon composition to go was John E Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’. It had lasted 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5, outdoing the performance of the Simon & Garfunkel hit mentioned above. In fact in the 9 weeks it shared the chart with ‘Homeward Bound’ it had always been in a higher position.

The departure of ‘I’m A Rock’ (which had shared the oldest song title last week) left us with 2 oldest songs on the chart, Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ and Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ which were both sitting on 11 weeks.

Johnny Rivers made his SA Chart debut this week with ‘(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water’ a cover of a Stonewall Jackson song from the previous year. Jackson had taken his version to number 8 on the Hot Country Singles Chart in the US while Rivers took the song to 19 on the main Hot 100. Rivers has had 27 Hot 100 hits with one of them ‘Poor Side of Town’ going to the number 1 spot there. He has, however, never charted in the UK.

Our other new entry set a new record to date for the biggest gap between hits by a US act as it had been 22 weeks since The Four Seasons’ ‘Let’s Hang On’ left the charts. The previous biggest gap between songs by a US act was the 19 weeks between The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ and their ‘(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration’. The Four Seasons new one was ‘Opus 17’ and was a second hit for song writers Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell who had both helped write ‘Let’s Hang On’. Bob Crewe, who shared writing credits with them on ‘Let’s Hang On’, took production credits on ‘Opus 17’. The song would give them a quarter of a century of hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 where it would peak at lucky 13. In the UK it would make it to number 20.

The Beach Boys celebrated reaching the 40 weeks on the chart mark, but they remained at number 3 on the weeks count list, still 3 behind Tom Jones who sat at number 2. The only other movement on the top 20 of that list was Petula Clark who pulled one clear of The Fortunes to occupy 16th spot on her own. She was on 21 weeks.

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